"I understand that the NCAA is willing to underwrite such a federation with a permanent staff to administer track and field for all ages. Such a setup will be better for the sport because it will administer track and field only. There is no reason why the AAU should not be a voting member helping to establish the policy of the new federation."
Werner also believes the AAU has a definite place, as a member, in any new organization. "The main trouble," he says, "has been internationally, where the AAU has had all the voice. I don't think any one constituent should be the ruling group. We should all have proportionate representation." According to Werner, a new track and field federation would take over international responsibility, but the member groups (including the NCAA, the high school coaches, the Armed Forces) would continue control over their respective areas. The AAU would control postgraduate, noncollege and industrial athletes.
The solution seems clear. The new federation could easily set up a fair method for selecting athletes to compete on the national championship level. For example, the NCAA meet would qualify three, the AAU three, the NAIA two and the Armed Forces two. A high performance standard would be set. Anyone exceeding it would qualify for the national meet. If all the procedures in the new federation were to follow as democratic a plan as this, it would be hard to imagine Ferris, Sober or anyone else stopping the revolt.